McMurdo introduces next-generation software

McMurdo said it has announced PRISMA MCCNet, a state-of-the-art software solution with several industry-first features to improve the Cospas-Sarsat satellite-aided search and rescue process.

The innovative software, which is part of McMurdo´s new suite of PRISMA (Preparation, Response, Identification, Surveillance, Management, Acceleration) software solutions, provides Mission Control Center (MCC) operators with critical tools to better identify, locate and manage distress situations.

In a typical Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue scenario, a distress signal from an emergency beacon is sent via satellite to a fixed ground receiving station or Local User Terminal. The nearby MCC confirms the emergency, analyzes location data and provides this information to the various Rescue Coordination Centers for the actual rescue operation.

PRISMA MCC´s improved functionality includes built-in system redundancy, unified communications and automated reporting to improve the MCC operation and streamline the search and rescue process. The international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system is best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress and has been credited with saving 37,000 lives since 1982.

McMurdo is a global leader in emergency readiness and response including search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions. A division of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris — FR0010501015 — ALORO), McMurdo brings together nearly 150 combined years of experience by consolidating proven Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo, SARBE and Techno-Sciences, Inc. brands into the industry´s most comprehensive portfolio of life-saving and tracking technologies that save time, costs and lives. Established in January 2014, McMurdo is based in Sophia Antipolis, France and has additional offices in France (Guidel), the US (San Diego, Washington D.C.) and the U.K. (Portsmouth).